The Crow’s Eye is a great looking first-person adventure horror with real puzzles (not just key fetch quests), a real sense of investigation, and some pretty terrifying jump scares.
You find yourself exploring an abandoned University campus, where some pretty shady research has been going on. A little like the first Bioshock, there’s an unsettling atmosphere around the game – like you’re trespassing in a place where some very bad things have happened. Audio logs littered around the University give you some insight into what’s happened, but the only way you’ll find out for sure is to venture out and investigate.
You’re unarmed, but you are able to use light sources such as lighters and flashlights, and you’re also able to craft items which will aid your progress – such as bandages and lock-picks. The puzzles are much better than your typical horror game, they require real exploration, observation and problem solving skills – it’s not just a case of finding keys to open doors (although you do have to find some keys).
The Alpha Demo, eases you in gently at the start, but soon ups the terror levels once you start to think your safe, with some very freaky moments and memorably nasty jump scares. If you like your horror to be intelligent and pant wettingly scary, The Crow’s Eye is certainly worth keeping an eye on.